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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Olby bellowed the opening spiel: stay the course, Bush's brain, the Fox News "smoking gun", OJ Simpson, and Michael Jackson. First on the agenda was Gen Abizaid's testimony before Congress, with the clips focusing less on the General than the questioners who disagreed with him. No surprise there.
Up came Dana Milbank, absent absurd accouterment. KO suggested the administration is going to "invent" reasons to stay in Iraq, and cited criticisms by Sen Richard McCain as some sort of post-election "new-found freedom" to question the policy. Huh? How dumb is Olbermoronn anyhow? As even Milbank knew, McCain has been calling for more troops for years. Then it was on to whether Bush personally authorized CIA secret prisons and the inevitable great thanks.
Next Olby wanted to know why "Mister" Bush is keeping Rove on, citing an Insight magazine report. As is the case every time Keith has cited Insight, it was something negative about the administration (Bush is "afraid" that Rove will write a book!). The Bush's Brain guy was called in: Monkeymann said Bush favors "politics over patriotism", while Moore opined that Rove is "vengeful", a "nerd" who "lived vicariously" through W. Citizen Keith brought up Abramoff, suggesting that Rove might need a pardon, and Moore was quick to speculate that it's likely that Rove's actions have been either unethical or illegal. (Abramoff note: check out the muted mongrels below.)
#4: Murtha vs Hoyer. Doing his best to protect his hero, Krazy Keith briefly mentioned that Hoyer supporters believe Murtha hands out taxpayer money to interest groups. But that was all. (See muted mongrels for all the stuff he didn't report.) It was quickly on to Trent Lott, whose political resurrection was chronicled in a recycled NBC report.
Then Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann had the gall to cite a leaked Fox News memo as evidence of obvious "bias": it told staff to be on the watch for celebrations from insurgents regarding the Dem Congressional win. Like, there weren't radicals who praised the results? Like, there weren't celebrations? Like, it's "bias" to report news that get spiked on The Hour of Spin? Follow: the insurgents want the US to withdraw troops. The Dems want the US to withdraw troops. Ergo: insurgents might just be happy if Dems win.
Olby's guest, Robert Greenwald (whose greatest artistic triumph was Xanadu), was a laughable expert, given that his "documentary" about Fox was a tissue of falsehoods and distortions. Mr Xanadu sputtered about obscenity, actors, puppets, and how Olbermann never slants the news. (No, we're not making this up!) KO threw more gas on the fire, saying the memo could have come right from the White House talking points. Plus Mr Xanadu made the preposterous claim that nobody on Fox had ever questioned "stay the course" (a farcical statement that in and of itself utterly shatters his credibility).
The great irony of all this is that the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann is citing someone else's private memo. This is the same Keith Olbermann who blew a stack when some of his emails with tv producer Tom Sileo were published on this site. Olbermann threatened copyright infringement, persuaded TVNewser to remove a link to the emails, and even tried to bully Sileo's employer. His standards for privacy seem to have "evolved" since that time.
#2: Michael Jackson (recycled video), Britney Spears, Naomi Campbell. #1: O.J. Simpson. In the Media Matters Minute, the "worst person" was Glenn Beck, the "divisive fear-mongerer".
Muted mongrels: Yet again, the stock market hits a new, historic high, but positive economic news contradicts OlbySpin, so it doesn't get reported. While he rails about an imaginatary "death" of habeas corpus in the US, Monkeymann has for weeks refused to cover human rights abuses in North Korea, as reported by Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. Still covering for his party leaders Krazy Keith continues to spike the opposition to Rep Murtha by ethics watchdogs like C.R.E.W. and the National Legal and Policy Center. On OlbyPlanet, only Republican lawmakers are unethical. KO devoted dozens of segments to chewing over the Jack Abramoff scandal, even to ridiculing his religious practices. He brought up Abramoff again tonight, to speculate without evidence on how he might incriminate Karl Rove. But what happens when Abramoff points the finger at the most powerful Democrat in the Senate? In other words, real news, and not Olby's wish-fulfillment speculation? That's right, it's just another dog that does not bark. And "Fat Ass" Olbermann has the nerve to accuse Fox of bias?!?
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name fell to #293 at amazon, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" rose to #11. At Barnes & Noble the OlbyTome is #540, while O'Reilly's book moved up to #22. And Mr Bill's literary triumph sits in the #3 slot on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Tuesday night's Nielsens found the discredited sports guy sinking back into third place in Keith's critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 3 [GUARDED]